I recently wanted to get a tutu for my daughters Halloween costume. I searched online and found some extremely cute designs, but the prices were outrageous, so I decided to try it on my own. I figured for about five dollars I could at least try to make a tutu that would only be worn once, and save at least twenty dollars compared to what others wanted for their designs.
Sewing needle or sewing machine
When deciding how much tulle you will need, take into consideration how fluffy you want the tutu to be. A very full tutu for an infant will require about one yard of tulle, for small children about a yard and a half to two yards, teenagers and adults about three yards.
First, measure the waist of the person who will be wearing the tutu. Subtract at least one to two inches from that measurement to determine the length of the elastic band. When you start adding the tulle, the elastic will stretch and you will end up with more than you need. I use a safety pin to hold my band together until I get about three quarters of the way finished.
Now decide how long you want the tutu to be. After you have decided on a length, cut your tulle pieces in strips about three to four inches wide by double the length that you want. So, if you want the tutu to be ten inches long, your strips of tulle will need to be around four inches by twenty inches.
To attach the tulle to the elastic band, take one strip at a time and fold the strip in half so that you make a loop at the center. Wrap the tulle around the elastic band, pushing the ends of the strip through the loop to secure it to the elastic band.
Once I am about three quarters of the way around the elastic band, I wrap the unfinished tutu around the waist of the person who will be wearing it. This gives me an idea of how much excess I have and how much elastic needs to be taken off.
Cut the excess elastic and sew the two ends together either by hand or with a sewing machine. I am horrible with a sewing machine, so I just sew the ends by hand a few times to get a strong hold.
Once the ends are sewn, continue attaching the tulle to the remaining elastic band until it is completely covered. You now have a very cute and inexpensive tutu!